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The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet: Final Session

NGA Copyist Program

Copy of The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet

{progress at the end of the day}

Hello,

This copy is complete and now home, read to be framed…

In the final session, I only had a bit more to work on and I was able to get down to business rather fast.

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{progress at the beginning of the day}

Copy of The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet

{progress at the end of the day}

During this session I used the palette knife quite a bit, laying down and also scraping off. The experience reminded me of some advice my mentor, Danni Dawson, taught me about the usefulness of a palette knife. 1) you can lay down larger areas of paint with greater speed than you can with a brush, even when using a BIG brush, and 2) that you don’t have to make it look like you used a palette knife, you can always go back in and refine areas with a brush if you need to, however where I used a palette knife on this painting, I kept the edges and texture.

The palette knife is a very helpful tool, it is important to find “springy” ones that mimic the springy-ness of a bristle brush, or those are the ones I like to use most when painting with a palette knife. If they are too stiff, I use the palette knife for mixing paint on my palette or scraping down, but never for painting.

Working on this large of a painting was an inspiration, and I am going to be trying my hand at larger pieces because of it.

I also have sowed a row of sunflowers in my garden this summer… a direct inspiration from working on this painting.

Copy of The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet

{finished}

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Framed Painting: $5,000
{40″ x 32″ – oil on linen}
Available for Purchase, please email me
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The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet: Session 6

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{progress at the end of the day}

Hello,

I am back after a long break {thank you all for your understanding and concern, I am feeling much better and really appreciate all the emails and comments} and, I am eager to share with you my progress with this copy from where we left off at session 5.

Entering gallery 85, I was rearing to go because I thought this was going to be my last day on this painting… however, once arriving I found out that the easel and drop cloth that the NGA provides, was not present in my gallery. As copyists, we are not allowed to procure them, even if they are only in the next gallery over. It is regulation, and I accepted that… so I cooled my heels for about 45 minutes waiting for an easel to be moved from the neighboring gallery.

During this time I set up my painting in front of the original so I could compare the two. This extra time to contemplate my work and direction was helpful, and once the easel entered gallery 85, I started on the day.

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{waiting for my easel and drop cloth}

I only had the bottom part of the painting to work on, because as a whole I am satisfied with the upper half of the painting. It was a close day, full of lots of energy… though, the day was not full of enough time. I did not finish by the time I needed to leave the gallery {4pm}, so only a bit more to finish, the blue and white flower pots and the grass on the right hand side.

All in all, it was a good painting day.

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{progress at the end of the day}

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The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet: Session 5

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{progress at the end of the day}

After the last session, I came back to the NGA all enthused and ready to cover some canvas this session.

Using the skills I have been gradually gaining, I tackled the right side of the composition. Focusing on getting the values and color temperatures as close as possible to the original, I worked methodically top to bottom and left to right.

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{progress at the beginning of the day}

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{progress at lunch time}

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{progress at 3:09pm}

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{progress at the end of the day, 3:22pm}

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The Next NGA Copy…

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{my current copy at the NGA}

Hello there!

As I am more than half finished with the copy of the Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet, I am in the process of deciding what to copy next… and I thought I would get your input on the next one I choose to paint.

The paintings I am considering are:

1. A Girl with a Watering Can by Auguste Renoir
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2. Mother and Child by Mary Cassatt
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3. Wivenhoe Park, Essex by John Constable
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4. Young Woman with Peonies by Frédéric Bazille
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Personally, I am leaning towards the Renoir or the Cassatt, because Naomi seems to really like these two, and because either painting would be a fun challenge to paint.

So, over to you, which one would you paint and why?

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The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil by Claude Monet: Session 4

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{progress at the beginning of the day}

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{progress at lunch time}

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{progress at the end of the day}

For session 4, I worked on the left side of the composition, and because I thought about how I was going to proceed before I got to the gallery, I was able to cover a lot of territory.

Because I am copying this painting, and I try to re-enact the entire painting, just not the end result, I spent some time during this session laying in some textural elements that will eventually be painted over.

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{detail of progress at lunch time}

Specifically I painted in the lower part of the stairs with thick highlights on the edge of the risers, however Monet must have decided that this element took away from the composition, because he later added all the vegetation to the left side of the stairs narrowing the stairs visually.  So consequentially, there is a ton of impasto paint under what seem likely to be nasturtium vines by the color of the yellow-green foliage and the orange specs that represent flowers.

So today I painted in the stairs with the thick impasto texture with the intention to paint over all this area during the next session.

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{progress at the end of the day with the stairs painted in}

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{detail of the layers of paint and texture}

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